The Public Law Partnership of 27 local authorities will this month run a training session on the core competencies of being a head of legal.
The session is intended to act as a pilot for the Next Steps Mentoring Programme run by the Partnership, which comprises councils in Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.
It is targeted at senior or principal solicitors who are looking to move up the career ladder to more senior roles.
The speaker at the session on 14 June will be Bevan Brittan partner Olwen Dutton, who is a former chief executive of a county council and also an ex-chief executive of a regional local government organisation.
David Lawson, Deputy Head of Legal & Deputy Monitoring Officer at Thurrock Council, said the PLP believed the session to be unique.
He added: “It is tied in with a mentoring scheme and may in the future result in a diploma from one of our partner universities.”